KATE FARLEY

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Hi, I’m Kate. I’m the mother of three - a Nut Swamp second grader, Nut Swamp kindergartener, and a toddler. Sending our children to public school is a very important priority for my husband, Rob, and me, and the reputation of Middletown schools is a huge part of why we chose this town. As a member of the Board of Education, I will work to ensure that our schools provide a top-notch education for each and every child. 

 

I’m a Jersey girl through and through. I graduated from a public high school, attended The College of New Jersey for undergraduate studies and then Seton Hall University School of Law, where I earned my Juris Doctor. As a practicing attorney, litigation has always been my career focus, and my skills in that arena will translate well into a position on the Board of Education. I know how to reasonably and logically analyze all angles of a problem or concern, gathering all necessary facts and evidence to accurately weigh each position. And I know how to zealously advocate for those counting on me. In my career, those people are my clients; as a member of the Board of Education, those people are the children of Middletown, first and foremost, along with their caregivers and other community stakeholders. 

 

I have already demonstrated my ability to advocate for the children of Middletown during the pandemic. I founded the Middletown Parents for Full Time In Person School group, which grew to 1500 members. I drafted letters and petitions, organized rallies, and spoke at nearly every school board meeting. Though the battle was often draining, I remained steadfast in my dedication to ensuring that every child who wanted an in-person education last year received one, five full days a week. And I did not rest until those goals were accomplished. My experience last year is what motivated me to run for Board of Education. I realized that children needed a voice, and being a Board of Education member will allow me to better be that voice. 

 

I know how to lead. In addition to my grassroots efforts in Middletown last year, I served as President of the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills from 2018-2019. The Junior League is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing women as civic leaders through volunteerism and community service. During my tenure, we donated over 400 Thanksgiving basket meals to deserving families in East Orange, and organized a Kids for Kids volunteer event which gave local children the opportunity to work on projects to help other children in the community. I also operated the organization with a balanced budget and found opportunities to save on overhead so we could dedicate our limited resources to our community work. My commitment to community and fiscal responsibility are both qualities that will allow me to serve you well as a member of your Middletown Board of Education. 

 

I will do whatever it takes to make sure the educational needs of Middletown’s children are not just met, but exceeded, and to ensure that the decisions made in this district always put the children first. School should be a safe space for children, where everyone feels welcome, heard and included. I want nothing more than to watch the amazing children in this community grow and thrive, and live up to their highest potential. My sincere belief is that a great public school system, stewarded by a compassionate, thoughtful Board of Education that puts children first, can make that dream a reality.